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Selecting the Right Wheelchair Accessible Rental Van

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Renting a wheelchair van can be a great way to enjoy a day of family fun with loved ones who need to use a wheelchair and don’t have accessible transportation. Some people also rent vans for a day to help them decide whether to purchasing a handicap van — or whether a specific conversion will work with their current parking situation. Selecting the Right Rental Van will help to answer some of the common questions people have with selecting rental vans. You can also enjoy a 10% Off rental promotion between now and the end of June for rentals booked in July, August or September. Reserve a van now and save later!

MobilityWorks recently published a new video featuring Katie Muise, our National Rental Manager, where she discusses the process of selecting and renting a van from MobilityWorks. Katie has rented thousands of vans in her career and you can tell she’s excited about making people’s lives better by being able to provide this option to our clients.

Contact Katie today about renting a van for a day, week, or even longer!

 

 

Moving Others Forward

Travis-Roy1Eleven seconds into the first game of Travis Roy’s collegiate hockey career, he went head first into the boards cracking his fourth vertebrae. Since that day over 20 years ago, Travis has worked relentlessly to help others recover from spinal cord injuries. His accessible van from MobilityWorks allows Travis to travel all over the country delivering motivational speeches and making appearances.

The Travis Roy Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries by providing adaptive equipment, and to finding a cure through increased funding of research. Their foundation has awarded over $2 million in grants to leading researchers and scientists.

After the injury occurred, Travis received nationwide media attention which he used to jumpstart the foundation. While staying at several rehabilitation centers, he met families that were struggling to have their basic needs met. This helped develop the foundation’s core values of independence and hope.

Shortly after finishing the recovery process, he wrote his book titled “Eleven Seconds”. It focuses on Travis’s determination to defy all odds before and after his injury. His foundation also hosts several annual events including hockey games, dances and dinners.

MobilityWorks of Londonderry is very proud to call Travis a client and friend. He recently purchased his fourth accessible van from one of our most experienced Certified Mobility Consultants, Roger Lajeunesse. When Travis flies to Florida to visit his parents, he also rents from our Orlando location.

To learn more about his story or foundation visit www.travisroyfoundation.org

MobilityWorks of N. Attleboro to Participate in Telethon

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On January 28th the MobilityWorks team of North Attleboro, MA is excited to participate in the Meeting Street Dial for Dollars Telethon. Meeting Street was founded in 1946 as a place where children of all ages and abilities receive individualized attention for highly trained teachers and therapists.  They work with over 4,000 kids in the New England area by developing their skills and building relationships.

For over 40 years Meeting Street has been broadcasting their annual telethon on a local news station and for the second year in a row MobilityWorks is proud to be helping out. Christopher and Sarah from North Attleboro will be answering the phones. They also have an online auction with wonderful items such as tickets to Disney World, golf outings, and rare memorabilia. The telethon will be live from Dartmouth University on WPRI Channel 12, January 28 from 7-11 PM.

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Last year the MobilityWorks team raised $3,000 as a sponsor of the telethon and this year they are hoping that the fundraiser brings in even more money for Meeting Street!

Visit www.meetingstreet.org to learn more about their organization and the upcoming telethon.

 

ADED Can Get You Behind the Wheel

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The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, also known as ADED, was established 40 years ago to help support professionals working in the field of driver education, training and equipment modifications.  With over 800 driver rehabilitation specialists across the US and Canada, ADED stands ready to meet the professional needs of its members through educational conferences, professional development activities and a professional certification program.

What is a CDRS?

A Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist works with people of all ages to find the perfect transportation solution. With professional backgrounds in healthcare or driver education, these knowledgeable specialists are able to come up with unique individualized plans for every driver. A CDRS must stay up to date with current adaptive technology in order to maintain their certification.

A CDRS will work with the mobility equipment dealer in determining the correct vehicle and package of adaptive driving equipment that best suits your unique needs.  The CDRS will train you in how to safely operate any prescribed adaptive driving equipment and will help you navigate the path towards obtaining your new driver’s license. Once your vehicle has been modified by the dealer, the CDRS will also perform a final fitting to ensure that the modifications best fit the driver.

How can ADED help you?

Their vehicle solution guide provides information on the types of conversions and equipment available. ADED also has created several “Disabilities and Driving Fact Sheets” that cover topics such as Spinal Cord Injury, MS and Stroke.

If you are looking for a driver rehabilitation specialist, you can do a search by state, Find a CDRS Here, you can also call the office and their friendly staff will be happy to assist you. 866-672-9466

 

Introducing the Wheelchair Accessible Chrysler Pacifica

Have you heard about the new Chrysler’s Pacifica? Maybe you’ve seen the commercials about the reimagined minivan being “good for your dad brand” or heard about their groundbreaking Uconnect technology.  Over the past few weeks, brand new wheelchair accessible Pacificas have been showing up at MobilityWorks locations throughout the country!

Search Our Chrysler Pacifica Inventory Here!

Chrysler is calling the sleek and stylish replacement for the Town and Country “The World’s Most Capable Vehicle” and that may not be a stretch. The limited model comes complete with everything you could ever need including a built in vacuum system, premium Nappa leather seats and a tri-pane panoramic sunroof that feels like a convertible. The built-in 8.4 inch touchscreen syncs with your smartphone and features customizable screens for a truly connected driving experience. If this all sounds too good to be true, just wait until you hear your favorite songs coming through the optional 20-speaker Harman Kardon premium speaker system.

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The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 360 Surround View.

The most impressive part of the Pacifica may be the safety and security features. The 360 surround view camera provides the driver with a bird’s-eye view and back up camera with sensors. On the highway, the forward collision warning with active braking detects if you are getting too close to the car in front of you and will apply the brakes if needed. The blind spot monitoring system helps you make safer lane changes and the Pacifica can even perpendicular and parallel park itself!

Learn more about the accessible Chrysler Pacifica here